I'm a 34 year old female from Pasadena, CA. I am an emergency vet working the night shift.
I am getting back into cycling after not riding much the past 4 years. Prior to that I was training and doing sprint-distance triathlons (and a little bit of mountain biking), but a knee injury sidelined me for a while. Since I've recovered (well, mostly) I've been running but haven't been riding much.
With a promise to a friend to ride a century with him in June (Ojai), I have to get serious about riding again! I have a 2007 Cannondale R1000 Feminine that I've just hooked up to a brand new trainer (Cycleops fluid). I will be doing most of my training this way. I know, I know most of you couldn't imagine wanting to ride on a trainer, just like I find running on a treadmill unbearable. But I don't really mind the trainer, and it helps me to get my rides in when I "don't have time."
I work long hours and I also have running and 2 martial arts commitments (Krav Maga and Tae Kwon Do), so my training time really is precious. I really want to do this century though. I also wanted to do a couple of triathlons this summer/ fall, but I'm not sure I'll be able to find time for the pool!
Right now as a relative beginner again, I'm struggling with cadence, and some pain in my left elbow. The cadence thing is typical - I feel more comfortable around 60 rpm and I know that's not ideal. I'm working on getting it a little higher each ride.
The elbow isn't new - every time I cycle it seems to bother me. I change my grips frequently but it still feels like my arm is stiffening up from being held in extension. My cycling friend checked my bike fit and he says it is fine. He's recommending that I use my torso to stay upright and just barely rest on the grips, when in actuality I tend to put some weight on my hands. I have pretty decent core strength so I don't know why this is so difficult for me. I still find that my left arm is just really sore after riding, even for only 30 mins or so. The good news is that riding is fine for my knee.
Anyway, after that long rambling, any trainer tips (I've only used it twice), trainING tips (haha), or thoughts about my arm pain would be helpful.